Upgrading your roof is a major home improvement project that can bring you a sizable return. If you're planning to sell your home, the national average of costs that homeowners recoup after a roof replacement tops 68 percent. If you're staying put, a new roof protects against the elements, boosts energy efficiency and adds a standout sense of style to the exterior décor.
While shingles may seem like the standard, they certainly aren't the only way to go. Specialty roofing materials provide beauty, visual interest and add a distinctive style that will stand out from the other houses on your block. If customizing your roof is on your upgrade must-do list, take a look at these top options and what they can do for your home.

Metal Roofing

Aluminum, stainless steel, zinc and copper are all metals that make a hardy, protective and beautiful roof. If your home has a contemporary look, a metal option creates a modern, fresh look that you just can't get with traditional asphalt shingles.
Metal shingles or panels give your home a sophisticated look, and they're extremely durable. A metal roof - depending on which kind of metal it's made from and your local weather conditions - can last anywhere from 40 to 80 years, which means that you're definitely getting your money's worth.
Along with standing the test of time, metal roofs tend to stand up to the elements well. Obviously, metal roofs won't exactly do well in the face of a hurricane, but no roof will. Major weather events aside, these roofs won't curl, crack or buckle like an asphalt shingle roof would.
When it comes to your home's energy efficiency, the reflective properties of a metal roof can help to keep the sun's rays at bay - lowering your home's cooling costs over time.

Wood Shingle and Shake Roofs

If you're going for a rustic, traditional look, wood shingles make a stylish choice. These roofs have a completely individual look and often have shingles that vary slightly in size. As one of the most widely used roofing materials, North American homeowners have been using this type of roofing since the time of the colonists.
While wood shake shingles provide your home with a woodsy or historical look, they aren't as durable as metal panels or other types of roofing materials. Some shake shingles can last over two decades, but high humidity and other climate-related issues can cause premature aging.

Slate Tiles

Slate is extremely durable, visually interesting and fire-resistant - meaning you won't need an additional coating on it. The varying shades of green, gray, black, purple and blue hues make this type of roof a great choice in the realm of outdoor decorative design. The timeless beauty of slate also goes well with many different exterior design styles.
If longevity is a major concern for you, slate is a top choice to consider. No one wants to worry about replacing an entire roof in a decade. With slate, this isn't a concern. These roofs stand up to the test of time and the elements - lasting for 60 to 150 years. Maybe your great-grandchildren will have to replace the roof on your house, but you won't have to.

Clay Tiles

Clay might not be a building material that you think about when you hear the word "roof." That said, clay roofs have a certain charm. These tiles come in a few different shades, all with nature-based tones. This look is perfect if you have an earthy-style design aesthetic.
In addition to being stylish, clay tiles are also long lasting and durable. Heavy clay tiles can keep the elements out and help to keep heating and cooling in. This makes them an energy-efficient choice.
Are you considering a custom roof? Deep South Roofing LLC can help.